OM’s Chatter: Pegging Down NAFTA & Vanishing Princes

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, the gang reunites to try to peg down what each side might want out of NAFTA and discuss the vanishing Saudi princes. First up, though, we have a quick conversation expressing our disgust and dismay over the recent events in Charlottesville and recommend the Vice documentary to any and all. We then move on to the start of NAFTA negotiations, and what the disbanding of Trump's business councils in the wake of CEO abandonment might mean moving forward. Across the pond, we turn to our UK correspondent to bring us up to date on the continuing saga that is the Brexit divorce negotiations. Is anyone else having Brexit fatigue? Next up, the mysterious case of the vanishing Saudi princes. What

OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa takes out the tin hats to talk about Qatar & the GCC, some population control measures in India from Karan, and Nate picks a bone with Haiti's desire for a military. First up though, we talk Brexit updates, including Boris Johnson making word sounds with his mouth but not saying much and David Davis' 'Plan B'. Secondly, we move to SoKo to discuss the new test of the THAAD system, what regional fallout drama can be expected, and debate whether Trump will add fuel to the fire with some antagonistic 4 am tweet. Next, Vennesa gets her tin hat out to debate GCC motivations in Qatar with Nate, before moving over to Haiti and having a

A Divorce, a Former President, & a Coup-ish

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Venezuela's Supreme Court drama to the UK's messy divorace, and the Rohingya in Myanmar, we've got all the headlines from the week and a few stories you might have missed!  First on the docket is Venezuela, where Maduro is in some hot water as the Supreme Court takes over legislative duties from the Congress, in what most are calling a coup. Several legislators have flat out called Maduro a dictator and unsurprisingly, the international community has chimed in with demands for an electoral timetable and fourteen North and South American countries have chimed in

Rupees, Results, & Riots

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The World in a Flash Wow. This week, though. The Round-Up looks at the fallout from the US election (the results, the riots, and the reactions of world leaders), what's up with the Rupee, how Zuma survived another no-confidence vote, and why the Spanish PM should just embrace memes.  1. Indian Government Nulls ₹500 and ₹1000 Currency Notes The Government of India, in a surprise, has removed the ₹500 and ₹1000 notes as legal tender. This is the government’s latest attempt to combat the prevalence of ‘black money’ (illicit money) and tax evasion in India. The government announced this measure on the evening of November 9th to prevent a major shock in during the business day and additionally closed all banks on Thursday

This Week’s Developments

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up focuses on Brexit developments, Amnesty International's Russian eviction, spies in India and Pakistan, refugee crisis and much more!   Brexit Developments The Brexit saga continues! A High Court ruling on November 3rd ruled that parliament and not the government (executive branch) can trigger article 50. This is an interesting hurdle for Theresa May who declared she wanted to invoke the article by the end of March 2017. Although this does not mean that Brexit will be stopped; it will be seriously delayed. The MPs will not stop it (even though most of them actively campaigned against it) because of the referendum results. Those who brought forward the motion argued that the government must present a plan

Drama in Kashmir Continues

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Seventeen soldiers were killed in an attack on an Indian army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir on September 18, with an 18th soldier later succumbing to fatal wounds. The attack was one of the deadliest against Indian forces in the region in recent years. The Indian government immediately placed the blame on Pakistan, claiming to have found evidence that the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack. In response to the attack, a number of political leaders have ramped up accusations that Pakistan supports terrorist groups, including Home minister, Rajnath Singh, who tweeted that, “Pakistan is a terrorist state and should be identified and isolated as such.” The Indian military has since claimed to have carried out a number of “surgical strikes”

The Chatter Returns

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After a hiatus, so Nate & Karan could relocate all over the world, OM's Chatter returns with a new short and spicy episode!  This week the team covers takes a quick bite of all the biggest issues; the biggest of all being the ongoing Syrian saga and siege(s) of Aleppo. What are the Russians doing? What is the US doing? Who is being affected by all of it?  With tensions escalating between India and Pakistan, we ask what the attackers' motivations might be, what regional interests are at play, and what this might mean for the future of Indian/Pakistani relationships.  The Killa from Manila aka. "The Punisher" continues his verbal reckoning of world leaders and we discuss how his posturing might create tensions

Why Peace Isn’t Easy in Kashmir

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More than 40 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir in clashes between civilians and police forces during the last two weeks. Civilians protesting the killing of Burhan Wani, a militant of the separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, set fire to a number of police stations and posts. Wani was widely considered to be one of Kashmir’s most popular secessionist militants since the violent insurgency began in 1989. The insurgency, which had lost ground to more peaceful forms of resistance in the face of military crackdowns, has seen an upsurge in new militants - a fact that many attribute partially to Wani’s charismatic social media presence. Police responded with lethal force, firing upon protesters with bullets and sharp

Housing Bubbles & Oil Troubles

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers news in Canada, OPEC, Troubles between Syria and Russia, and more! Canada’s Population New Over 36 Million Thanks to preliminary numbers released by Statistics Canada this week we now know that the population of the True North has now topped 36 million. Most of this is due to the large influx of immigrants and the large influx of Syrian refugees. The increase is being hailed as one of the largest increases since the baby boom in the 1950s. While this is an interesting milestone, it remains to be seen if we can manage to keep up the infrastructure and services needed for a larger population. US/Russia Syria Talks Break Down In a disappointing (and deadly)

Midweek Madness: World Developments

Multinational Madness Note: Our Podcast will be returning Wednesday, October 5th! While our podcast is on a hiatus, we at Observatory Media have decided to continue on the tone of the podcast in written form to placate our readers until we return with rundown rambles. We bring you Midweek Madness to cover all the outrageous, wild, and downright jaw-dropping stories from around the world.     The Great Debate (Round One) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took to the stage Monday night to attempt to woo American voters. Trump displayed his usual combination of blatant ignorance, incomplete and fragmented sentences, delusion, and anger at the desire of both his opposition and the moderator to desire a factually accurate discussion. Apparently, his understanding of the American